The whole point of my adventure into social media in the past year was to enrich the core aspects of my parish ministry. Hence regular blogging of my Sunday sermons and tweeting of short messages to remind, deepen and apply, building on my preaching/teaching ministry. Social media ought not to be a bolt on extra, but an added dimension to what is already central.
So how might it work in my new role in clergy development? In a parish ministry the target group is clear, so too the subject matter. But while the target group is clear, what is that subject matter to now be ? I guess the strategy needs to be the same: an added dimension to what is central. But that, in itself, is still far from clear.
So how might social media support and stimulate fellow clergy to reflect and act out of conviction in their daily workaday ministries? How about this for a start?
So often we are moving so fast that we can spend whole days acting reactively rather than proactively. The urgent or most insistent voice, even the “good” jostles the “best” out of the way. How might social media be used to prompt and encourage what Stephen Covey calls so aptly “response-ability”?
In Christian theological terms this is the “freedom for which Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1), and we have a duty to no longer allow ourselves to be enslaved again by anything. That is about embracing this grace daily, consciously, intentionally!
So I wonder how I might use social media to remind, deepen and apply the good news of this grace for the particular group of brothers and sisters in Christ that I am called to serve?
More suggestions gratefully received!
But in the meantime its time to try to start blogging and tweeting something regularly again. Like so much in life you find it by doing it even if you are currently not sure what “it” is (2 Corinthians 5:7)!